People often remark on the level detail in my artwork, and say I must have lots of patience. It’s no secret I have a love of tiny details, also mammoth projects that take years, preferably both at once (see Lighter Than My Shadow). But the truth is this kind of work isn’t a test of patience for me. This is what I love. Having recently completed this Alasdair Roberts poster using scratch board, perhaps the epitome of a painstaking medium, I’m finding myself drawn back to using it again. It’s the same thing, I think, that means I enjoy knitting so much – another activity that brings remarks on how much patience I have. But it only has to do with patience if you focus on the end result. Yes it might take me a year to knit a sweater, or five years to draw a whole book. But when I finished drawing the book that took me five years, it was like the bottom fell out of my world. I have felt lost, listless and it’s taken me two years to recover any sense of what to do when I get up in the morning. Two years to realise that the finished product was not the important thing at all. I’m not saying I don’t want to knit sweaters or make books: that’s what I want to to all day every day! It’s just that I’m realising I’m not in this for the finishing. In the end, any books or sweaters are kind of incidental. What matters more is the act of making. I’m wary of this starting to sound a little wacky so I’ll tread carefully. I love creating the most when I’m utterly engaged in the process. Time drifts and my purpose becomes irrelevant: I am absorbed in each tiny mark or stitch. I’ve found that generally the more longwinded and painstaking a process is, the more effective it is at inducing this kind of meditative state where I am at my happiest. Finding this sweet spot amid deadlines, the (real or perceived) pressure to finish something new and the very real need to sell things, well that’s a different kind of challenge…but lately I’m enjoying meticulous processes that remind me they are the best bit. The above is my charming new house! I’ve spent the last couple of weeks packing, shifting and unpacking boxes. I’m still living with a significant degree of chaos but hope to show you around my new studio soon.
I actually have the best job.
I don't mind a bit of wild weather, and Jack bears it well though it's not his favourite. But I also don't mind getting back indoors, under a blanket, pouring a seasonal tipple and snuggling up with my knitting for the long dark evening.
Packing orders is even more fun with new rubber stamps to play with! #thegreenbean #katiegreenbean #theenglishstampcompany
Dartmoor has been cold, wet and windy lately. Come inside, grab a cuppa and lets chat about what I've been working on... ☕🐶🍃 The Green Bean Podcast Episode 9 is now live on YouTube
Jack and I are working on a new podcast episode. One is working harder than the other. #thegreenbeanpodcast #dogbaby
Because I won't have time to cast one on, I drew some fan art of my friend Rachel's @rachbrocknits gorgeous new design, the Lunaberry Jumper, which is coming this week ❤🎁. (Disclaimer: Rachel's design is for small humans, and does not come with an eight-armed option at present) #lunaberryjumper #drawing #sketchbook #draweveryday #fanart #animalsinjumpers
Secret Knitting task 1 accomplished! . There aren't many patterns I have knitted twice, but these beautiful #underwingmitts by @eheusserdesigns are certainly worthy. This version is for my friend @_marshwiggle - Happy Birthday! 🎁🎈🎉
Magical light on Dartmoor this evening! 💖 Jack and I would like to thank EVERYONE who left such sweet comments on our last post. We are overwhelmed, and it may take me a few days to catch up and respond. However, I did draw a winner at random, and that winner is........@kammebornia! 🎉🎉🎉 Congratulations! I'll be in touch very shortly. . Don't worry if you didn't win, the design will be available for everyone as a free postcard with any order from my Etsy shop, which I am so looking forward to restocking in the months ahead.
I'm in London this weekend staying with my dear Mum and Dad. The trees lining their street are spectacular, and I have teenage memories of trying to roller skate through these leave to deliver newspapers, when they used to call me Skatie Katie 🍂
If you've watched the latest episode of The Green Bean Podcast, you might have spotted this new title card I drew. I used scratch board, one of my all time favourite drawing mediums. ✏✏✏ I plan to have the design made into postcards to go out with orders and pass out to nice people when I get out and about out of the shire. But I thought I might give the original away. If you'd like to win it, just leave a comment below for me or Jack (though easy on the compliments or that little dog is going to get a big head!). I'll draw a winner at random next Monday, 19th November!
Dartmoor at its spooky best this morning.
Good morning! Who fancies a walk in the woods with Jack and I, then a natter about drawing, knitting and sewing? . Episode 8 of The Green Bean Podcast is now live on YouTube 😊 #thegreenbeanpodcast #katiegreenbean #knittingpodcast #drawingpodcast #youtube #youtuber